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Old 07-15-2010, 03:38 AM   #21
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Originally Posted by WannaGator View Post
I have a Windicator 2" snubby .357 Magnum & soon a Glock 29 10MM to use as backups for my .243 Win. or 12 gauge.
If you have access to a loading setup for the .357, load the 215gr Lyman #358627 SWC-GC over 10.0gr AA#9 or 10.2gr Scots 4100. You'll reach close to 900 fps from your 2" barrel and have less muzzle blast than the Buffalo Bore or Double Tap ammo. Bullet weight and velocity similar to the .45 ACP or .45 Colt with deeper penetration due to the smaller diameter bullet. Buffalo Bore and Double Tap ammo isn't really designed for snubby barrel revolvers.
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Old 07-16-2010, 05:00 AM   #22
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Hogs are tough but a stout load in .357 mag with 158gr hard cast or better is a deadly potion.
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Old 07-16-2010, 06:39 AM   #23
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Originally Posted by WannaGator View Post
Hey Guys/Gals.

I am considering purchasing a S&W 686 .357 Magnum for use as a backup while Hog & 'Gator Hunt'n.

Is a .357 Magnum loaded with 110,125, or 158 grain hollowpoints big enough for Hog medicine?

I've upgraded to 10mm, it's PERFECT for big fat Florida Hogs

15+1 Glock 20 (10mm) gives you .357 power in an easier to handle package...
the felt recoil is lessened, and the precision sure ain't hurting
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Your post said you were considering and wanted advise. The .357 with a heavy bullet will do the job, well most of the time. But; there are hogs and there are hogs. I have seen hogs that weighed 15 pounds and then I have seen some weighing 350+ pounds. For something like that I would much prefer more horsepower, minimum of .41 and peferably a .44 mag. I think just about everyone here would say the .357 is the minimum adequate handgun cartridge and if you get a big pig and less then perfect shot it may well fall short! If you are looking to purchase, and that is the what you indicated, then why not buy a handgun that will be adequate for all situations, a .41 or .44 mag? If recoil is your concern then you probably will not be able to handle a .357 either, atleast initially; also, you can shoot .44 special loads in the .44 mag and learn on those until you develop experience.

Just my thought. There is no such thing as overkill, there is definately underkill. In Africa to hunt the "Big Five" dangerous game a minimum of .375 caliber is required. Bell, the professional hunter, killed literally thousands of elephant with 7 X 57 and 6.5 X 55 mausers, both of which are considered very mild cartridges so it can be done. However, Bell knew the anatomony of an elephant and where to aim to place those small bullets in the brain and was skilled enough to do it. I am sure he would not have secleted either to use for a backup rifle in a very fast moving situation. The same applies to the
.357 mag. for hogs, in my opinion.
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Old 09-30-2010, 03:41 PM   #25
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There is no doubt the large bore revolvers are suitable for the job of dropping a big boar hog - unless you use lightly constructed hollow point ammo that fails to penetrate adequately! Yes some factory 240gr. JHPs fall into this category!

Today's WFN Hard Cast 180 grain + .357 Magnum loads kill all out of proportion to their size. The other side to this is controllability! A lot of people can shoot the .357 not only with accuracy but with fast follow up shots, yet have problems with the big bore magnums. The 180gr + WFN 357 has what conventional JSP and JHP .357s don't, that is a deadly triad of penetration, a broad meplat for tissue destruction and recoil that most handgunners can readily control.

Before it is brought up, yes, I can and have shot with accuracy, packable revolvers up to and including 500 grain loads in .500 Linebaugh revolvers.

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